Amatriciana Sauce

This sauce was created in the Roman town of Amatrice. It is commonly served over thick, hollow-tube pasta called bucatini, however I serve it over almost any dried pasta, often using spaghetti.

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Deborah Mele 

Amatriciana Sauce

Amatriciana Sauce

Yield: Serves 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

This traditional sauce is flavored with pancetta and onions and is great served over many types of pasta.


  • 1 Medium Onion, Finely Chopped
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic, Minced
  • 4 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 3 Slices of Bacon or Pancetta, Chopped into Small Pieces
  • 1 (14oz) Can Chopped Tomatoes
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1/4 Cup Chopped Fresh Parsley
  • 1 Pound Dried Pasta
  • Fresh Grated Romano Cheese


  1. Put the oil in a sauce pan with the onion and cook until translucent.
  2. Add the pancetta or bacon and cook for a few minutes more.
  3. Add the garlic and mix well.
  4. Add the tomatoes, salt, pepper and pepper flakes and simmer the sauce over low heat for about 30 minutes. Cook pasta of choice "al dente", and mix with the sauce.
  5. Serve piping hot with a sprinkle of the fresh chopped parsley and the cheese.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1/3 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 284Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 221mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 9g

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One Comment

  1. Love Amatriciana….I have made it using applewood smoked bacon and instead of using minced garlic, used roasted garlic cloves, and leaving the sauce go for a few hours at a slow simmer really gives it depth…finish it off with roasted ricotta salata.

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